New on the Menu: Main Street's Latest Takes on Poutine
Adam Tan created four new ways to enjoy french fries.
Main Street Restaurant
Tuscany Estates, McKinley Hill, Bonifacio Global City
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Saturday) and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) The french fries are more like wedges: thick with a crisp, skin-on crust and a soft, mushy interior. A lot of them on a shallow bowl, a free afternoon, and a good book, and you’re golden. But Main Street, the Canadian hub at Tuscany (the version in Taguig, not Italy), serves theirs by way of Quebec-with gravy and gooey mozzarella cheese curds.
Adam Tan, the Canada-trained chef behind Main Street, highlights one of his bestsellers, the Poutine (P155), with four new kinds-all offering varying levels of comfort-and with its own section, "Poutinerie," in the restaurant’s revised menu.
There’s nothing complicated about his new additions though. If anything, Adam just doubled the rewards of each bowl: like how the generous bits of homemade applewood smoked bacon (P230) on the original layers a novel dimension to the traditional salty gravy. His famous buttermilk fried chicken, with that potent, herb-infused flavor, are chopped up, tossed in with the fries, doused in chicken gravy, and sprinkled with chives. The Chicken (P220) looks deceivingly simple and light, but it’s the one that will keep you digging until you reach the empty bottom of a bowl.
For Adam, the Smoked Pulled Pork (P240) best complements a bottle of beer. Meters away from where you’re sitting and you can already detect its intensity from the sweet and smoky smell. Pulled pork would often appear on Main Street’s menu as a special, but expect it to become a more permanent fixture now that the chef has found a more consistent supply that met his standards. Instead of gravy, this poutine is painted thickly with barbecue sauce and chipotle mayo.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (which you may order separately)
The classic combination of cheeseburger and fries finds new interpretation on a plate of fries with chunks of USDA ground beef, smoked bacon bits, and jalapeño-spiked cheese sauce. Biting into a piece, embellished with all those toppings, and you know that the Bacon Cheeseburger (P240) is how you imagined cheesy fries should be.
Main Street opened with vague expectations in the middle of 2013. Which Main Street and what kind of food does it serve? There’s a silhouette of the Seattle skyline, but the menu peddled Canadian fare. As the restaurant settles into its own distinct identity, however, offering other new items like an exceptionally buttery Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Tomato Soup (P250) and Homemade Lychee Ice Cream (P95), the general name makes more sense. Geography doesn’t limit comfort food, after all.